Whether you, or your child, have special needs, autism, a differing ability, or are typical in all of the typical ways, you, and your child are important.
Worthy. Worthy of love, opinions, outbursts, understanding, empathy, forgiveness, and acceptance.
In order to accept those that we may not fully understand, we must first be made aware. I believe that, most of the time, people are more empathetic when they’ve been made aware that their own realities may greatly differ from the realities of others. Many of us raising special needs children are attempting to do just that – to raise awareness and ask that you accept our children as easily as you assume we will accept yours.
Why spread autism awareness?
Because it matters. People with autism matter. All people matter. So today, on World Autism Awareness Day, I ask that you, if you have typical children, remind them that the world is full of all different types of people, and that each holds value. Import. Magic, even.
I ask that you remind yourself to judge less quickly today.
That when standing in line behind a child who seems to be head-butting his mother, that you don’t assume that he is undisciplined, and that you give his tired mom a smile. That you say hello to her little boy. That you exercise patience if it’s taking her longer to complete her transaction than you’d like.
And I promise you that I’ll do the same. Today. Tomorrow. This life. I promise you that before I assume anything about you, that I’ll remember that your reality is yours.
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day, I will make somebody’s day better. I will thank God for giving me the son that I have and I will make that little boy of mine laugh. I will make him know that he’s important.
The amazing people at Autism Speaks were kind enough to feature my post about about the 10 things that special needs and autism moms wish you knew. Yesterday, they shared my words on their site to kick off World Autism Awareness Month. It’s received more than 40K Facebook shares so far. (SQUEE)
Today, they’re featuring a post of mine on the eight things I wish I knew about autism. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit, and share it if you’re so inclined.
Maybe, through our voices, and our dreams, a few more people will look at children like mine with more empathy, acceptance, and understanding today.
And on all of the days.